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Natural Abilities Help Ty Tutterow Achieve Xtreme Pro Mod Championship

Posted By: Mary Lendzion
Written by Mary Lendzion
Photos by Fastest Street Car Staff
Ty Tutterow is around race cars day in and day out.
Whether he is working on one at his family’s shop, Wyo Motorsports in Yadkinville, North Carolina, or behind the wheel of one, his dexterity is discernible, and his ambition is awe-inspiring.
In early 2023, he was invited by Tyler Jenkins to pilot his 1957 Buick-bodied car in NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod, and Tutterow, who previously piloted the Galot Motorsports 1969 Camaro in PDRA, graciously accepted the opportunity.
“Tyler had just got the car, and we were working on it at Wyo Motorsports,” said Tutterow. “As things went along, he asked if I wanted to drive it, and I definitely did. We had gone through the car and updated the Tim McAmis chassis, and I was comfortable in it. It fit like a good shoe.”
After a few shakedown passes early in 2023, Tutterow got his NMCA season in gear at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines in March at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Florida. He qualified in the third spot with a 3.65 in the commanding and eye-catching car with a Wyo Motorsports-built 4.9 Noonan, PSI screw blower and Ty-Drive with FTI converter, which is all maintained at Wyo Motorsports. He won the first through third rounds with a 3.69, 3.72 and 3.63, all paired with good reaction times. On the last day of the event, he went to the final round of eliminations to face Robert Abbott, and Tutterow earned his trip to the NMCA Winner’s Circle with another 3.63. As a bonus, he set the category’s elapsed time record with a 3.631, and that record still stands.
He then headed to the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport in April at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, where he set the pace in qualifying with a 3.64. He won the first and second rounds with a 3.66, and finished as the runner-up with a 3.73 against Craig Sullivan.

Gaining mounds of momentum, Tutterow took on the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing in May at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois, where he set the pace in qualifying again with another 3.64. He won the first round with a 3.67, and wheeled to a 3.69 on a solo pass in the second round before exiting eliminations in the semifinal round. While he didn’t win that race as he had hoped, he did win the event’s special feature, the Testo Super Bowl Shootout, over Billy Banaka.
Soon after arriving at the TorqStorm NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Paul’s High Performance in July at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan, Tutterow qualified in the seventh spot with a 3.69, and won the first round with a 3.67. He exited eliminations in the second round with a 3.75.
There was a lot of activity at the 2nd Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Mag in August at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio, but Tutterow stayed focused, and qualified in the
third spot with a 3.67. He won the first round with a 3.69, and the second round with a 3.65 after a tight race against Mike DiDomenico. On a roll, Tutterow won the third round with a 3.67 and went back to the NMCA Winner’s Circle after piloting to a 3.66 against Scott Wildgust.
Saving the best for last, Tutterow secured a lot of success at the 22nd Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance in September at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indiana. After qualifying in the fourth spot with a 3.66, he won the first and second rounds with a 3.66 and 3.64. He then ripped off a .004 reaction time and another 3.66 to win the semifinal round, and then headed straight to the NMCA Winner’s Circle after his third 3.66, this time against Mike DiDomenico. Along with the extreme consistency, Tutterow didn’t have anything slower than an .025 reaction time all weekend.
Tutterow’s technique and talent helped him earn the 2023 NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod championship. It is his first-ever championship, making it even more special.
“We learned something new about the car and progressed at each race, but our goal from the start was to chase and win the championship,” said Tutterow. “Our teams, including our car owner, worked very well together, the car performed and it was amazing. We had so much fun, and I am so grateful. I would like to thank Tyler Jenkins, Greg McAnally, Glenn Hill and  Jason Green, as well as our guys at our shop, including Brad Schmidt and Kristian Blackburn, and my parents, Todd and Denise, and my wife, Katlyn. I would also like to acknowledge FTI performance, Red Line Oil, Scarlett’s Performance and NMCA for giving Pro Mod racers a great place to race.”


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